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Rev. Drene Keyes, of Virginia, was anxious about receiving her first dose of the still experimental Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine. So anxious that she asked a co-worker to go with her to the vaccination site.

The 58-year-old, "gifted grandmother of six" was in the high-risk category for Covid-19 with multiple preexisting conditions including diabetes, morbid obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Keyes' daughter, Lisa Jones, told WKTR her mom's job "made her eligible for the vaccine."

Keyes believed the vaccine would lessen her symptoms if she contracted the coronavirus.

Before she left home, Jones helped her put on her shoes.

"She was such a loving and generous person," Jones said.

A co-worker accompanied Keyes to a medical facility in Warsaw, where she got the injection on Saturday. Keyes waited the mandatory 15-minute observation period before heading to her car in the parking lot.

Her co-worker said she was getting into her car when she suddenly said, "Something is not right. Something's not right."

Keyes had difficulty breathing and began vomiting. She was rushed to VCU Tappahannock Hospital, where doctors administered Epipen (epinephrine for anaphylaxis), CPR and oxygen.

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"They tried to remove fluid from her lungs. They called it 'flash pulmonary edema,' and doctors told me that it can be caused by anaphylaxis," said Jones (pictured right). "The doctor told me that often during anaphylaxis, chemicals are released inside of a person's body and can cause this to happen."

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur within seconds or minutes after exposure to a substance the person is allergic to.

People who suffer an anaphylactic reaction should receive an epinephrine injection immediately to counteract the allergen.

Signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction include itchy rash, swelling of the tongue and throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulty inhaling, shortness of breath and light headedness.

The onset of symptoms can occur within seconds or minutes.

Health officials previously cautioned people not to take the mRNA vaccine if they had a severe allergic reaction in the past.

The risks -- including death -- were spelled out in the documents that Keyes signed before she got the vaccine.

Still, Jones is demanding answers. She believes more testing should have been done before the vaccines were rushed to market for a virus with a 99.4% survival rate.

"Why are we allowing people with underlying conditions to be guinea pigs for a vaccine that is still in clinical trials and emergency use?" Jones questioned.

Jones told WTVR she hopes her mother's death serves as a warning to doctors and health professionals to pre-screen patients prior to administering the vaccine.

"My mom was wanting to protect herself, and it did not turn out that way," Jones told WBRZ.

Health officials insist Keyes did not die from anaphylaxis or a reaction to the vaccine -- despite ER doctors treating her for anaphylaxis.

The CDC is also investigating the deaths of a 56-year-old Florida doctor about two weeks after getting his first Pfizer vaccine, and a 60-year-old California healthcare worker who died four days after his second injection with the Pfizer vaccine.

"Drene Keyes believed mainstream media, government health officials, her doctors and Big Pharma that Pfizer's vaccine was safe and it would protect her," said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"Her faith and trust in those people and institutions may have cost her her life."

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An outspoken emergency room doctor with a large following on social media made headlines when he wished death on Americans who choose to live their lives without fear.

On Feb. 3, Dr. Gilman reacted to a viral video that shows maskless shoppers in a Florida grocery store.

In a now-deleted tweet, Gilman wrote: "Naples, Florida. Let 'em die. I'm so tired of these people. No vaccine for y'all."

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In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "I'm working in the COVID ICU tonight! I'm so tired of giving 200% while others in the U.S. can’t even help by simply wearing a mask!"

When outraged Twitter followers reminded him that his impulsiveness got him fired from a hospital in Arizona, he blamed Republicans and walked back his statement.

"Republicans trying to take my words out of context as if I deny medical care to people that don't wear masks & 'let 'em die. My point is that we can't waste our energy on these COVID deniers. [They] are not gonna protect themselves so let 'em die. They'll find out the hard way."

On Nov. 22, Dr. Gilman was fired for lying about the lack of ICU beds in the state of Arizona.

Gilman tweeted that there were "no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona."

But Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health disputed his tweet by confirming there were over 100 ICU beds available in the state that same day.

Gilman's tweets made him a celebrity on Twitter. He received a Zoom call from Joe Biden's transition team and Oprah Winfrey offered to send him and his family on vacation.

But others were not as tolerant of Gilman's attention-seeking tweets.

Envision, the agency that contracts him to work temporary assignments in hospitals, told him his services were no longer needed at Yuma Medical Center in Arizona.

When Gilman tweeted that he was "fired" from his temporary assignment, the hospital said it was all a "misunderstanding" and that he still worked shifts there.

But Gilman told a reporter that he was on the schedule to work but he had not been permitted to work his scheduled shifts.

"I was told by Envision that the hospital was not allowing me to return back due to a tweet," he said.

The hospital quietly told Envision that Gilman would not be allowed to "be vocal or outspoken" on social media.

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Social media users lashed out at Gilman for his insensitive tweet about the maskless grocery store in Florida.

One Twitter user called Gilman "mentally unfit", while others expressed their support for him.

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Dr. Gilman attempted to go viral with a rap song about Covid-19 last year, but it flopped.
 

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At least one of T.I. and Tameka "Tiny" Harris' accusers has retained famed sexual harassment attorney Lisa Bloom.

Dozens of women came forward, accusing the Harrises of drugging and sexually assaulting them, after Glam University owner Sabrina Peterson accused T.I. of putting a gun to her head.

Last night, Bloom, 59, announced she is representing one of the accusers. So far, no lawsuits have been filed.

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This changes the trajectory from petty accusations to a possible criminal trial or out of court settlements that could financially ruin the couple.

The 40-year-old rapper has already hurt his case by admitting to having intimate relations with some of the women, which he says was consensual.
 

Bloom, the daughter of famed attorney Gloria Allred, is known for representing famous sexual harassment victims and precipitating the firing of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News.

But she lost some credibility when she advised disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein before he was sued into oblivion by dozens of women who alleged sexual assault.

Weinstein, 68, was convicted of criminal sexual assault on February 24, 2020. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

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NBC's Shep Smith fantasizes about "a time when we won't have to wear the masks anymore." But for many Floridians and Georgians, that time is now.

NBC's Sam Brock filmed a video of a supermarket in Naples, Florida where both employees and customers don't wear masks. The video shows maskless shoppers and employees smiling and chatting face-to-face.

There are no mask mandates or Covid-19 restrictions in Florida, where the death rate is less than half of the rates in heavily restricted blue states.

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Masks are not enforced in the store because the store's guidelines include medical exemptions. A sign that greets shoppers states: "If we see you without a mask, we will assume you have a medical condition and we will welcome you inside to support our business."

Brock asked the store owner, Alfie Oakes: "Is your position about medical exemptions or is it about the fact that you don't think masks work...?"

"I know that the masks don't work and I know that the virus has not killed 400,000 people in this country," Oakes replied. "That's total hogwash,"

The video quickly went viral on social media.

In other news, the CDC and state health officials are sounding the alarm because white people are getting vaccinated at higher rates than Black people.

Data from 23 states shows that white Americans are being vaccinated at rates of up to three times higher than Black Americans.

Despite the fear mongering about new virus “variants" and “mutations," Black people are wary of vaccination efforts in the Black community for a virus that has a lower death rate than the seasonal flu.
 

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Prosecutors issued a new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two Antifa/Black Lives Matter activists during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August.

Prosecutors seek to revoke Rittenhouse's $2 million cash bond because they say he violated his bond by failing to update his address.

Sympathetic citizens helped raise Rittenhouse's $2 million bond because they believe he was defending himself against armed hooligans.

Kyle is forced to move to a new address due to death threats from Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists. But prosecutors say the teen failed to update his new address within 48 hours of moving.

A motion filed with Judge Bruce Schroeder seeks to increase Rittenhouse's cash bail by $200,000.

Rittenhouse's lawyer, Mark Richards, responded to the motion, saying his client moved into "an undisclosed Safe House," because whenever he updates his address in the system -- the new address is somehow leaked.

Richards said he gave prosecutors the new address in November and asked them to keep it a secret but they refused.

Prosecutors say they realized Rittenhouse was no longer living at his Antioch address when they mailed him a court notice and it came back as undeliverable.

Richards provided the new address to the judge as part of a motion requesting it be sealed.

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A Reddit user who made $48 million in GameStop call options during last week's Reddit-fueled rally claims he lost $19 million when the stock nosedived on Monday and Tuesday.

Keith Gill, 34, who goes by the Reddit username @DeepF---ingValue, says he will hold onto his shares even after the stock lost 80% of its value in 3 days.

Gill started investing $53,000 in GameStop stock last year when he noticed the video game retailer was being heavily shorted by hedge funds. Hedge funds earn millions of dollars by betting that a company's stock price will drop.

Gill earned a quick $48 million during last week's historic rally, but it took less than 2 days for him to lose $19 million.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gill is an investor who previously worked in marketing for an insurance company.

Reddit users teamed up to send GameStop stock soaring from $36 to $483 a share. But the stock dipped below $80 a share by Tuesday afternoon.

Hedge funds, which lost billions during the GameStop rally, used a tactic called a "short ladder attack" which involves selling GameStop shares to each other at lower prices, thus tricking Wall Street's algorithms into believing retail investors sold their shares at below market prices.

The ladder attack -- which is illegal -- caused the stock's prices to artificially fall. Thousands of Reddit users lost their stock gains and their life savings in 2 days.

Billionaire Mark Cuban participated in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit.com on Tuesday afternoon to calm panicked investors who lost everything.

During the AMA session, Cuban urged investors not to sell their GameStop shares because the low stock price is artificial and only temporary.

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A North Carolina news outlet sparked outrage on social media after publishing an editorial cartoon depicting prominent GOP politicians as KKK bigots.

WRAL, an NBC affiliate based in Raleigh, NC, labeled Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and State Board of Education member Olivia Oxendine as members of the Ku Klux Klan for objecting to teaching Black Lives Matter's critical race theory in the state's public schools.

Under the proposed curriculum, children as young as elementary school age will be introduced to racial politics, gender and transgender identities and dismantling the nuclear family headed by 2 heterosexual parents.

The Black Lives Matter-authored curriculum teaches children that they were "assigned" a gender at birth and they can be whatever gender they choose to be.

In the cartoon, an elephant, holding a copy of the state's proposed curriculum, is dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe, while declaring, "we prefer to start with a clean sheet."

Robinson, who is Black, slammed WRAL as "vile" for publishing the cartoon, drawn by 8th-grade social studies teacher Dennis Draughon, during Black History Month in America.

"On the second day of Black History Month, the first black Lt. Governor of North Carolina has been portrayed as such by one of the largest news outlets in this state," Robinson said. "It's something we cannot stand for."

Oxendine, the board's only Native American member, voiced her opposition to the proposed social studies standards, saying it gives "the feeling of America the oppressor, not America the land of opportunity."

Twitter user @flyfischer4428 slammed WRAL, writing: "I CANNOT believe how offensive this is. @markrobinsonNC is black. Olivia Oxendine is a Native American. @WRAL, @wlos this cartoon should be a story by itself."

Another Twitter user, @LotusBlossom44, wrote: "Wow. I thought WRAL couldn't sink any lower. This is shameful in so many ways. Calling GOP the KKK for not wanting to include race-based ideologies in the educational curriculum?"

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Atlanta's mayor reacted to the news that two officers who tased students during last summer's protests were unjustly terminated.

On Monday, the city's Civil Service Board ruled the dismissals of officers Ivory Streeter (pictured right) and Mark Gardner (not pictured) violated both Atlanta Police Department and city policies, according to 11 Alive News.

"Based upon the serious concerns of insufficient adherence to City code and procedures which culminated into a lack of due process, the Board upholds the Appeal of Ivory Streeter and revokes the City's dismissal of him from APD employment," the review from the board said. It reached the same decision in Gardner's appeal case.

Gardner and Streeter were fired following public uproar after they tased two students, Taniya Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who said they were simply driving away from the protests, when they asked police why one of their friends was arrested.

Police body cam video showed the officers tasing the students after dragging them from their car in May.

In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms defended the firing of the officers.

"While the Civil Service Board (CSB) has reversed the termination of the officers, given the unrest across our city and nation at the time, and the disturbing video footage before us, I still believe that the right decision was made," she said. "It is also important to note that the CSB did not say that the officers' conduct was lawful."

Meanwhile, attorney Mawuli Davis, who represents Messiah Young, said the family learned through the media that the officers' criminal case was sent from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to the Georgia Attorney General's Office.

In a statement Tuesday, Davis said:

"The family... was stunned and saddened to learn through the media that two of the officers involved in the attack have been reinstated to the Atlanta Police Department. In two consecutive weeks, they have experienced the pain of the justice system continuing to fail them as victims of police brutality."

 

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A Rochester, NY police union official defended a police officer who pepper sprayed a handcuffed 9-year-old girl who threatened to kill her own mother.

Nine Rochester police officers responded to a 911 call from a parent who feared for her life. The parent said the child threatened to harm herself and ran away from home on Friday.

Body cam footage shows the hysterical girl handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car.

The video footage shows several officers wrestled the girl to the ground before she is placed kicking and screaming into the squad car.

The child screamed, "I want my dad, I want my dad!" while a female officer tried to calm her down.

"I'm gonna pepper spray you, and I don't want to, so sit back. This is your last chance. Otherwise, pepper spray is going in your eyeballs. Come on, let's go," she said, before spraying the child.

On Monday, following the public uproar, Mike Mazzeo, president of the Locust Club, defended the officers, saying no rules were violated.

Mazzeo said the officer was familiar with the child who had been detained on a previous occasion.

"This is incredible that we're dealing with a 9-year-old girl, but this is not the first time she has been put in handcuffs," he said. "We're dealing with a very, very difficult situation and what police officers are confronted and faced. And the limited [mental health] resources that are out there."

He added: "It was 14 degrees out. At different times, they're talking to her about hypothermia. They're worried about a number of things. There's no ambulance to put her in. When it's determined that she needs help and there's a mental hygiene [issue], they have to be restrained. There was a decision when they couldn't get her into the car despite everything they were trying. ... There was a short blast of capsicum. It worked. It calmed her down. It got her in."

The girl was transported to a mental hospital for a psychological evaluation.
 

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WNBA player Layshia Clarendon underwent a double mastectomy ("top surgery") to treat distressing symptoms of gender dysphoria.

Clarendon, a New York Liberty shooting guard, is a male-identified transgender and non-binary who sought surgery to alleviate the debilitating stress and anxiety of GD.

Clarendon shared a post-surgery photo on Instagram.com, along with the caption:

"It's hard to put into words the feeling of seeing my chest for the first time free of breasts, seeing my chest the way I've always seen it, and feeling a sense of gender euphoria as opposed to gender dysphoria. Sighhhh... freedom...freedom at last."

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defines gender dysphoria as a psychological disorder that causes significant distress or impairment related to a strong desire to be the opposite gender.

The sufferer focuses on obtaining the primary and/or secondary sex characteristics of the opposite gender. Not all transgender or gender diverse people experience dysphoria.